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MGoPodcast 11.22: Serious Irrational Confidence Guy

MGoPodcast 11.22: Serious Irrational Confidence Guy

February 23, 2020

Don't change your hair late season, unless you become Zavier Simpson with a shot

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1. Hoops vs Purdue

starts at 1:00

Matt Painter goes full Tom Izzo for 2 and a half minutes, including a foul with 6 seconds left. Before foul time they were 15/40 on two's, 4/16 on threes includes the late one. Playing Williams straight-up with Davis worked: he's 5/16 before nonsense time. Thread of dig-downs made him pick up his dribble. Return games (nisi ref job at Iowa) have been much better strategically. Hot hand effect: Purdue goes under X and gets away with it, but the rest of the guys had beautiful assists too. DDJ, Franz coming on, Franz is two days younger and far ahead of where Caris was at this point of his career.

2. Hoops vs Rutgers

starts at 27:30

The Castletoning but first Nunez runs to the corner on a break. Pikiell has to drop the P&R coverage he wanted because X hit his first two. Michigan can win games vs tournament teams on the road without shooting well from three. Return of Teske's defense. Jacob Young why are you talking? Remarkable stat line. Jalen Rose hanging on Eli Brooks.

3. Hot Takes and a Gimmicky Top Five

starts at 45:55

Eli: rock the Rip Hamilton mask from here out.

4. Hockey vs. ND

starts at 1:18:24

I'm sorry I have my kid's birthday to get to and this was a miserable weekend that wasn't reflective of the effort.

MUSIC:
  • "Come Together"—Syl Johnson
  • "Sabotage"—Beastie Boys
  • "Knock Knock Knock"—Spoon
  • “Across 110th Street”
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WTKA Roundtable 2/20/2020: The Orc That You Hear

WTKA Roundtable 2/20/2020: The Orc That You Hear

February 20, 2020

Things discussed:

  • Rutgers is a terrible shooting team. They needed half a dozen ludicrous shots to get to inefficient.
  • The Castleton'ing.
  • IU: hard to judge because Indiana's coaching was so bad. If there's one school that ought to be firing their coach right away and hiring John Beilein, it's Indiana.
  • Craig: Indiana game was their best of the season. IU's backcourt can't play man—whenever they tried something other than the high hedge X was killing them with they were running into each other.
  • How far up is Michigan trending: top four?
  • Brian sexy reads Jacob Young's stat line after the guy talked crap at X all night.
  • Caller: What to do with Beilein? Cleveland/Dan Gilbert have a terrible culture. The Cavs are high schoolers who rejected an adult.
  • Andre Drummond, nobody is picking up that player option.
  • Beilein walked into moronic management. What did he do at Michigan: he was careful about picking players based on their personality.
  • INCREDIBLE GOLLUM IMPERSONATION AT 29:00
  • Dantonio versus the Photo.
The Michigan Hockeycast 2.5: Back On Their Blades

The Michigan Hockeycast 2.5: Back On Their Blades

February 19, 2020

wsg  Craig Ross

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1. OSU, Wisconsin, and MSU series

starts at 0:50

In grand Michigan Hockeycast tradition, we've shuffled our lines. In the co-host's chair this time: the distinguished one himself, Mr. Craig Ross. David and Craig look at what went right against Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State and where Michigan may have benefited from some sloppy play by opposing goaltenders. Then the guys discuss ways to beat Michigan and how different those are from years past. Thirty blocks!

2. ND Preview, B10 Standings, PWR

starts at 29:35

Notre Dame is up next on Michigan's schedule, so David and Craig take a multifactorial look at where ND is right now and how this weekend might shake out. Then the Pythagorean theorem and some Bill James theories do a bit of heavy lifting to give insight into Michigan's expected overall and conference record; in other words, have they been lucky or a bit snake-bitten? A look at the Big Ten standings and what Michigan needs to do to win the conference follows, with some PairWise talk spinning out of that.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "NHL on Sportsnet Theme"
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
MGoPodcast 11.21: The Beilein Surge

MGoPodcast 11.21: The Beilein Surge

February 17, 2020

Juwan Howard, play me more minutes, or I will destroy you!

The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be writing for The Athletic if we're lucky.

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox and The Athletic

1. Hoops vs Indiana

starts at 1:00

Archie Miller: great basketball coach! All those dunks and layups all come from sticking to this insane strategy of high hedging vs X, even after Michigan had 41 points because of it at halftime. Everyone except the centers had a 128+ and after Franz they're all in 140. IU's three-big lineup leads to Michigan going zone. That Davis guy went 9/9, with more than half of them garbage buckets. Brandon Johns is like a cornerback with closing speed: closing feet!

2. Hoops vs Northwestern

starts at 26:21

When you can get Dikembe Mutumbo and World Wide Wes to Welsch-Ryan Arena, you have basketball pull. Leads to a discussion of bag, and hopefully NIL comes soon so it's moot. Chicago's Big Ten Team looked like they didn't care except that one backup center canning uncanny jumpers. Pete Nance looks so sad.

Some Big Ten: Greatest Michigan State Floor Slap of all time: turned around a 6.4% win chance. What is there to love about PSU's offense? They don't turn the ball over? Iowa had a once in a generation collection and half of it got hurt; good news is they're all back next year.

3. Hot Takes and Hockey

starts at 55:18

Best Michigan State coach in five years, tournament seeding. Accessible five-holes. Children of Yost showed out for the MSU series at Munn! A bunch of them got a photo with Izzo.

4. Baseball and the NonRevs

starts at 1:17:43

Greatest week of non-revenue (and baseball) in recent Michigan history. Beat #1 Vandy and #3 ASU (we cherrypicked from polls) to start 3-0. Not going to have the pitching this year but very athletic outfield. WBB was climbing but got hit with a lot of injuries, including one to their star. Team goes where Naz, turnover battle goes. Men's tennis went on the road and was trucking people. Gymnastics is good: we need Jane for the gymnastics knowledge. Softball is 9-0, first-ever hit for a sophomore is a grand slam walk-off.  

MUSIC:
  • "Burn On—Major League Movie Theame"—Randy Newman
  • "Repetition"—TV On the Radio
  • "Wild Pack of Family Dogs"—House of Pain
  • “Across 110th Street”
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The Ace Pod 2.1: Naz Is Like

The Ace Pod 2.1: Naz Is Like

February 11, 2020

This podcast is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who’s got a shiny new site to show off.

SEGMENT ONE: B1G BALLIN’

A look at the conference since we didn’t get to it on the MGoPod this week. Maryland finally gives the Big Ten a lock and Eamonn Brennan’s fingers a break. Penn State has quietly been one of the country’s best teams over the last month; if you’re looking at the metrics, so has Purdue, but they’re all over the place in reality. MSU is on a slide. Shame. In other things you hate to see, Northwestern collapsed again.

SEGMENT TWO: WBB UPDATE/MAILBAG

Nazilla continues to feast after her ESPNW player of the week honor. Michigan’s last two wins have moved them up two seed lines. Purdue was a hard fought battle, Minnesota a surprising blowout. Discussing how to get into WBB, where the Big Ten fits in the national picture, whether the women or the men have a better chance at making tourney noise, and how well this team has handled injuries.

SEGMENT THREE: MBB MAILBAG

Can we defense again? Changes Juwan Howard can make to maximize the team’s potential. Several questions related to the postseason selection criteria, plus ratings differences and the outlook for Austin Davis’s fifth year.

SONGS:
  • “Nas Is Like” — Nas
  • “Step Up” — The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
MGoPodcast 11.20: Frampton Comes Alive

MGoPodcast 11.20: Frampton Comes Alive

February 9, 2020

Ever had a gnome thrown at you? It's not a pleasant situation.

The Sponsors

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Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox and The Athletic

1. Hoops vs Michigan State

starts at 1:00

Franz Wagner didn't score but his gumby arms were huge—got a good Wagner face from the block that was inexplicably called a foul. Turned on some rebounding potential. Comp? Michigan finally wins from the 3 point line. Nice to have Livers back, not just because Johns is a very good backup 4. Michigan renders Bingham useless—Johns and Davis could body him, and Livers means he can't be on the floor for spacing otherwise. Izzo's <kiss fingers> whiny bitch fest of a press conference. Why does anyone play for that guy?

2. Hoops vs Ohio State

starts at 25:46

The most insane call we've ever seen—doesn't help the refs that their explanation for the call is patently untrue. Complete officiating debacle—Kaleb Wesson should have fouled out—you literally can't take a charge if the guy is in the air before you get there! Bad both ways yes but asymmetric, and good lord. When's the last time Michigan ever got a gift game, because we have to eat 3 or 4 losses a year. Michigan is 96th %ile in short clock plays. Questionable coaching: drop coverage on Kaleb Wesson. Peak this season is cursed.

3. Hot Takes and Mark Dantonio

starts at 45:32

The XFL: a lot of good ideas for entertaining football. Seems like this league is set up for more success than previous ones. Kickoffs are cool, punting is bad, "Team 9" league-wide practice squad. Michigan's tourney resume vs State's: um, actually it's better.

Dantonio: run by Curtis Blackwell! Was clear if he was going to leave he would have gone to Beekman and gotten his money. Tom Mars is involved now. If Blackwell comes out clean here Michigan should hire him! MSU job: inheriting a rogue program after its best coach with two years of cratered recruiting. Timing is bad because you can't get in on the portal now, terrible fanbase, toughest division. Preemptive no's from Narduzzi, ISU's head coach.

4. Ace's Sconnie Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:18:02

Wisconsin's goaltending is TERRIBLE. Getting production from Granowicz. Potential #1 line with Beecher (muscle)/Hayhurst (creator)? Control their own destiny to win the league (have to win 6 in a row) but still outside looking in on tournament. They've improving: get the puck out of the zone cleaner, playing solid. Wonder what position they'd be in if they didn't take a bad luck goal against PSU and get rogered by the refs vs OSU. Only PSU in this league is a lock for the tournament but all the way down to MSU is bubble.

MUSIC:
  • "E=MC2"—J Dilla (feat Common)
  • "Rip Off"—T. Rex
  • "Jump Around"—House of Pain
  • “Across 110th Street”
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WTKA Roundtable 2/6/2020: Snakebit Year

WTKA Roundtable 2/6/2020: Snakebit Year

February 6, 2020

MSU things discussed:

  • Dantonio's irregularities: it sounds like he lied in his deposition (which is why Mars is getting involved?)
  • Does NCAA actually care about the alleged violations?
  • Is it a better job than Cincy? Cincy you can take to ND soon. MSU the last two recruiting classes: not so hot and total garbage. No matter who takes that job it's three and out.
  • The board of trustees hires the football coach, not the AD. Let's get some Michigan fans together and elect a board that's going to hire Brian Ellerbe!
  • Dantonio got away with it because there's no more bootlicking media in the Big Ten than MSU and OSU.

Basketball things discussed:

  • Craig: Bilas was right, it wasn't a basketball game.
  • Franz needs to shoot his way out of his slump.
  • This year's cascade of bad luck is payback for the national championship run two years ago.
  • Craig: some of the officials that used to be good have been wretched. Example: Teske is about to have a layup and they call him for 3 seconds and yeah it's a good call. Late in the game same thing with Wesson and he's in the lane for 8 seconds, same ref Carstenson staring at it. Wesson finally gets the ball, up two, the guy makes a three.
  • The call on Simpson: a call we've never seen and will never see again. Brian: pile all the bad luck into this season.
  • On Johns: are people paying attention to him now?
  • Michigan needs an infusion of athleticism badly. Zeb, Christianson, come on down. Without Livers the limitations of this roster are very apparent.
  • MSU? Without Livers they don't really have the firepower to win this game.
  • Funny how both basketball and hockey are both snakebit fundamentally sound teams missing talent.
MGoPodcast 11.19: Do Gods Have Burners?

MGoPodcast 11.19: Do Gods Have Burners?

February 3, 2020

They're probably unlisted because of people like you.

The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be writing for The Athletic if we're lucky.

Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox and The Athletic

1. Rutgers at MSG

starts at 1:00

When they scheduled this game they couldn't guess Steve Pikiell would bring about the Rutgers renaissance. Michigan turned it over 16 times and gave up 36 offensive rebounds and won because finally someone didn't shoot 50% from three on them. They did it by being more Rutgers than any other previous Rutgers: putting up contested bad shots galore. The Johns game! Having a rim-runner who can hit free throws is important. He also nailed the shot after the long pass sequence.

2. Nebraska at Lincoln

starts at 26:52

Wagner was taller than everybody but their center, who's not good. Their backup center was hitting stupid jacks at 50% when he wasn't stepping out of bounds. Cam Mack also went 5/7 from beyond the arc in this game. But since they're Nebraska, they have no size, no defense, and no way to keep Michigan off the boards. Eli Brooks saves the offense! Frustrated by Teske's lack of aggression so they go with Johns post-ups. Bajema: we think they can get a redshirt if he doesn't play again, and documents an injury.

3. Hot Takes and Big Ten Melee

starts at 39:59

Michigan's won 10 in a row at MSG—should they play their home games there? Brian tells us which sports his kids will play. Brad Davison, the crewcut psycho, sits out against MSU and Wisconsin still beats them. UW is also without Kobe King the rest of the year. OSU is without DJ Carton. Illinois is going to win the league—they've played good teams and they've changed up how they play defense, and everyone else murdered each other. OSU preview: Wesson lost weight, lost some of his post presence, gained an incredible three. They shoot a lot—please don't be unlucky again.

4. Ace's Ohio State Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:06:46

They won on Friday and didn't move up in Pairwise because everyone else won and it was a home game. Saturday was a classic Michigan loss: won Corsi, gave up five odd-man rushes. Coward refereeing for giving their captain just 2 minutes for knocking out Lockwood. Michigan down a whole line for the 3rd period. Don't even attempt to pass on 2-on-1s.

MUSIC:
  • "New York"—Cat Power
  • "Inside Out"—Spoon
  • "God's Gonna Make You Laugh"—Ephemerals
  • “Across 110th Street”
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WTKA Roundtable 1/30/2019: Some Predicate for Legitimacy

WTKA Roundtable 1/30/2019: Some Predicate for Legitimacy

January 31, 2020

Hoops Things discussed:

  • Shots and the not of the going in. Also free throws.
  • Juwan was noncommittal about the length of X's suspension.
  • Fan: "Why am I watching a MAC game?" nailed the sense of that game.
  • Believe whatever's going on with Wagner's shooting it'll get fixed.
  • Also have to believe opponents who shoot 29% hitting 54% of contested and super-long threes isn't sustainable.
  • Teske was playing a little passive—playing Davis seemed like a response to that.
  • Aggressive Johns >>>> Regular Johns but it was Nebraska.
  • Craig: Without X and Livers they can't win more than 2 more games
  • Is there a redshirt possibility left for Bajema?

Hockey Things discussed (18m):

  • Back from the (unlucky) dead!
  • Team plays sound. Beat ND and tied PSU on the road this week.
  • Johnny Beecher is huge and flies around the ice.
  • In a HUGE hole, have ten regular season games left and need to get lucky to have a shot at the tournament.
  • Cavalry coming: like a class with 5 five-stars in it.

Baseball things discussed (30m)

  • Pitching staff was gutted, pitching coach interviewed around MLB and stayed.
  • Velazquez and RJ Moten off the football squad: can they help soon?
  • Getting some guys coming off injuries to replace the seniors who blew up last year.
  • Smart how they exploited baserunning. Philosophy and speed is there.
The Michigan Hockeycast 2.4: Mascot Fight

The Michigan Hockeycast 2.4: Mascot Fight

January 30, 2020

They Penn Stated Penn State

wsg  Adam Schnepp

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1. GLI, ND, and PSU

starts at 0:50

We mixed up our lines a bit and brought back Adam to talk about everything that has happened since the GLI. That tournament ended like many games from the season's first half, but since then Michigan has swept Notre Dame on the road and nearly swept top-ten Penn State in Happy Hockey Valley. We go through what changed, what's going well, and what has to continue for Michigan to keep their second-half success going over the regular season's final ten games.

2. To OSU AND BEYOND?

starts at 27:46

After the break we preview Ohio State and discuss why it's the biggest series of the season. There's some talk about mascots and a tiny bit about mascot fights, though the bulk is just on traditional mascoting. We then take a look at the conference standings and Pairwise to come up with a picture of where Michigan might finish and what they need to do to have a reasonable shot at making the tournament.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Blades of Steel"
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
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